Litter Sweep to kick off Boone Earth Week

Article Published: Apr. 15, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Litter Sweep to kick off Boone Earth Week

Volunteers collect litter during the town of Boone's Litter Sweep last year. File photo

Melting snow left Boone with green grass, sunny skies and... a mess?

"After everything melted, there's so much litter," Boone Community Improvement Officer Shannon Isaacs said. "It's messy out there. It's time to clean it up."

Saturday marks the spring return of the town's Litter Sweep initiative and the kick-off for Earth Week in Boone.

"It's just a time where we can all take part and volunteer and just come together as a group to rid our streets of litter," Isaacs said, and it's easy to help.

Saturday, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., stop by Boone Public Works Center at 321 E. King St.

"We have supplies for them here," Isaacs said. "We'll assign them a street if they do not have an adopted street."

Then let the fun begin.

If your community pride doesn't drive you, maybe your sense of competition will.

Once again, organizers have created an "Unusual Litter Contest," where the weirdest piece collected could win you up to $100.

"Last year's spring winner was a fake mustache, yeah, it's pretty funny," Isaacs said. "Last fall at the fall cleanup, they found a 1980s key chain that had a 1980s prom picture in it."

From floor buffers to birdsnests made of recycled plastic bags, the possibilities are endless.

Litter Sweep kicks off the statewide Litter Sweep Initiative and is the first of many Earth Week Events for the town of Boone.

Mayor Loretta Clawson has officially proclaimed the week of April 17-23 Earth Week, and Isaacs has a "full week" planned.

Monday - Stop by the Public Works Center (321 E. King St.) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to get a free packet of flower seeds.

Tuesday - Boone is participating in Appalachian State University's Earth Expo at Sanford Mall on campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come by for displays, a parade (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) demonstrations, dance lessons and more.

Wednesday - Local recycling and conservation officials will have a display at Watauga High School. Students on their lunch breaks can make pledges to promote environmental issues.

Thursday - Students at Hardin Park Elementary School will be treated to a an environmental display. "It's like a landscape where they can go in and actually see what happens when you have litter and contaminates going into the stream," Isaacs said.

Friday - Town of Boone's Earth Week concludes with a "thank you" to the community. Student-decorated Earth Fare bags will be given to shoppers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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